Materials Handling Assistant

General Function

Performs a variety of tasks related to sorting and processing materials for the recycling center

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities—Essential Functions

  • Operates a variety of equipment including bobcat, forklift, truck, baler, paper shredder, and glass crusher to process recyclable materials.
  • Unloads material at central collection point; loads material onto sorting line.
  • Sorts and identifies materials for recycling (paper, cardboard, cans, glass, plastics, etc.).
  • Performs basic maintenance and repair on tools and equipment.
  • Performs general custodial tasks including sweeping, removing trash, and cleaning equipment.
  • Performs general maintenance duties including painting and moving equipment.

Reporting Relationships

Direction Received: Reports to supervisor or manager

Direction Given: May occasionally monitor and train student employees

Minimum Requirements

Requires a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver's license. No experience required.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Worker Characteristics

  • Knowledge of equipment operation and maintenance
  • Ability to separate recyclable materials
  • Mechanical skills

Working Conditions

Physical effort usually requires considerable walking and standing with some lifting of materials weighing 25 to 50 pounds. Somewhat disagreeable conditions. Some exposure to unpleasant elements, such as exposure to outside weather conditions, which are particularly disagreeable. Broken glass and old syringes produces some element of personal risk.

Please note: The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular positions. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. For jobs occupied by more than one employee, the identification of non-essential functions shall be determined from the individual’s position description.

Functional Title

Materials Handling Assistant

Job Code


Classification Series

Materials Handling




Physical Facilities


Non exempt

Last Updated

September 2013